Black and white photograph of the evaporative water cooling towers on Building 11, Power House and concrete water tanks, Kodak factory, Coburg, circa 1961.

When completed, Building 11 consisted of an integrated machinery hall with its north & south annexes, boiler hall, evaporative water cooling towers, a 62 metre brick chimney stack, oil bunkers, tank farm and office/amenities block. This fully integrated Power House provided the most efficient use of electricity and fuel oil (and later natural gas) to match the variable load of the factory.

Stage 1 of construction (including the machinery hall and annexes) provided sufficient capacity of equipment to accommodate the initial factory start-up period (1958-60). Stage 2 of construction included the boiler hall, chimney stack, additional two cooling towers, the installation of two refractory boilers and associated steam driven equipment.

This image was from a photograph album that contained black and white photographs of the construction of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory buildings at Coburg. Including aerial, ground level and interior photographs of many buildings including Building 2 - emulsion making, Building 7 - testing and the Power House - Building 11.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

Description of Content

Three cooling towers on a building. In front of this are concrete and metal water tanks.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.

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